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Engaged hundreds of young men to reduce gender-based violence across India through Women and Girls Lead Global.

Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, this neighborhood series brings people together for film screenings and locally-driven conversations. Online and in over 90 cities across the U.S.

Connecting you to new and targeted communities, this digital platform lets you screen your film and lead a conversation, engage with panelists, and answer poll questions from any desktop or mobile device. Over 50,000 attendees and counting.

Partnering with organizations in eight countries, this global campaign uses storytelling to create social change—from increasing girls’ access to education to reducing child marriage and gender-based violence.

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Get free access to innovative, standards-aligned digital resources and streaming content based on our award-winning documentaries.

From our blog

  1. From Fashion to Food and Beyond: Billy Luther Brings Native Stories to the Forefront

    November 1, 2019

    Filmmaker and producer Billy Luther's first feature documentary Miss Navajo, which follows a young woman competing in the Miss Navajo beauty pageant, aired nationally on Independent Lens after premiering in the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Since then, Luther has collaborated with Independent Lens on the alter-NATIVE series highlighting the

  2. Native Filmmaker Jeffrey Palmer Tells N. Scott Momaday's Story

    October 29, 2019

    Native American filmmaker Jeffrey Palmer talks with writer Jason Asenap about making a film on one of the preeminent Native writers, N. Scott Momaday, including how he shot the flashback recreations and animated sequences.

  3. ITVS Filmmakers Win Five 2019 News & Documentary Emmy Awards

    September 24, 2019

    It was a night to remember at the 40th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards ceremony in New York City, as ITVS filmmakers garnered five Emmy Awards, on top of 16 total nominations. The Awards, as announced by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), were presented at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on Tuesday, September 24, and